tropical montane forest

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Typically, a forest of short trees 10–12 m high in a single stratum, their trunks and boughs being mishapen and covered in mosses, lichens, and liverworts. This is the ‘mossy forest’ which coincides with the belts of mist and cloud at heights of 2000–3000 m. If the montane forest persists above the cloud zone, as it does in New Guinea, for example, then the trees are taller and the ‘mosses’ less in evidence.

Subjects: Ecology and Conservation — Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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